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was able to brutally define mitt romney and was brilliant in his targeting of the voters he needed to get out. >> so, give me your bottom line on the republicans now. we talked about the soul-searching. what do they do next? >> reporter: soul-searching, perhaps civil war. you have to look at this party right now. they have won the popular vote only once since 1988 in the presidential race. and it was probably best summed by the head of the american conservative union. he said the party is too old, too white and too male. they lost young women, single women by 40 points, hispanics by almost 40 points, blacks by more than 80 points. this is a party that has to create a much bigger test. >> so he's saying it's a wakeup call. thank you so much, george. >>> and, as we said, after the big speeches last night, there was a jolt of reality today. wall street plummeted, a one-day drop that was the worst in nearly a year. the dow down more than 300 points. was it the election? was it worry about grid lock in washington all over again? abc's bianna golodryga has some answers. >> reporter: wall street
than needed. that total included florida's 29 electoral votes, which were romney won white voters, but their share of the electorate was down slightly from 2008. mr. obama overwhelmingly captured black and latino voters. last night, he sought to appeal to both sides of the political divide. >> whether i earned your vote or not, i have listened to you. i have learned from you. and you've made me a better president. wih your stories and your struggles, i return to the white house more determined and more inspired than ever about the work there is to do, and the future that lies ahead. ( applause ) >> reporter: as a first step, the president telephoned congressional leaders today to talk about priorities for the rest of the year. he also said he hopes to talk to romney in the days ahead on how to move forward. >> ifill: ray suarez reported for us from obama election headquarters last night. he joins us from chicago now. hi ray. tell us what did the president-elect and the president-- same person, do today? how it he spend his day? >> suarez: he got to spend the night in his own home
for mitt romney. >> ifill: we examine the messages voters sent yesterday with jeffrey brown, who looks at the makeup of congress and the new laws around the country. >> woodruff: what to do about the fiscal cliff, healthcare and immigration? we explore the challenges ahead in the next four years. >> ifill: and back with us again, for analysis, are mark shields and david brooks. >> woodruff: that's all ahead on tonight's "newshour." major funding for the pbs newshoovidided by: ♪ ♪ moving our economy for 160 years. bnsf, the engine that connects and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> woodruff: for the first time in four years, president obama did not have to worry about re-election today. still, there was little time to savor tuesday's victory, in the face of a potential fiscal crisis at the end of the year. "newshour" correspondent kwame holman begins our coverage on this day after the election o
on nbc yesterday that voters not only said we want barack obama over mitt romney but we want -- we agree with barack obama on the issues. a whole range of issues of which pro-choice is definitely one. tell us about the pro-choice majority. >> we've seen the republican party track to the right on this issue very swiftly in this election. of course, you saw people like mourdock and akin go down in flames. this idea of should rape be an exception when it comes to abortion became really a national issue. it is a problem. >> bill: romney tried to soften it. we know where paul ryan is. the republican party platform says. no exceptions whatsoever. americans don't buy that. >> they don't buy it when you look at the exit polls. we saw an overwhelming majority saying that abortion -- women should have access and should remain legal. roe v. wade should remain in place. if you look at this kind of new electorate and of course, that's where the republicans really ran into trouble. they didn't realize the obama coalition,
was a very good candidate. what i will say is that in the exit polls, mitt romney actually won voters who said -- or mitt romney was considered the candidate who had the better plan on the economy. when they asked who do you trust more to handle the economy, mitt romney or barack obama, mitt romney won that question. but he lost the question of who cares about people like me. i think by an 82-17 margin. so that i really think -- >> hang on. wait a minute. let me just turn to elise, the other female republican we have here. it wasn't about the economy. if it had been, as the polls suggested, mitt romney would have won. >> well, it should have been about the economy but i think that the democrats did an amazing job of making this -- really amplifying what is clearly a problem within the republican party, how we're messaging about women. the fact that we were even discussing birth control, the fact that, you know, the whole forcible rape was even part of the conversation when the polls clearly show i think that millenials are moving in a much more libertarian position when it comes to social
to the co-chairs of mitt romney's wisconsin campaign saying he would have won that state if voter i.d. laws were intact. wow. think of what that's saying. by the way, president obama won wisconsin by 205,000 votes. are they saying 205,000 votes were stolen? what are they talking about out there? they are still pushing the issue. are they admitting what we all know republican voter i.d. laws were an effort to supress the minority vote and failed? tough luck. >>> think the republicans can solve their problems with latino voters? here's the spokesman for the american family association on why latinos vote for democrats. >> it has to do with the fact that they are socialists by nature. they come from mexico, which is a socialist country. >> yeah, people are basically intrinsically ideological. have you ever heard that before? i've never heard that. that will win a lot of hispanic votes, telling people there's something wrong with their political dna. this is "hardball," the place for politics. we use this board to compare car insurance rates side by side so you get the same coverage, often for
administration had given to blacks, hispanics and young voters during obama's first term. obama, romney argued, had been very generous, quotes around it, to blacks, hispanics and young voters. i once heard a canadian election saying they lost election to people that wanted to stay as part of canada because of ethnic voters. that means not french, not english. this guy, paul ryan who i don't think is right for prime time yet by any means talking about the urban vote. now, they won the other side because they got the most votes. because they won fair and square, which is the first thing ryan said. why do you have to step on his own headline. they won fair and square by saying, oh, it was the black vote. basically, that's what he's saying. >> chris, let me just say, as for romney's comments, i'm still waiting for my gift. i'm waiting for my gift from obama. i haven't received my gift yet. >> where is it? >> maybe it was lost in the mail. >> you may have voted for him without getting that thing in the mail he was supposed to send everybody? >> maybe chris has it. >> i did not get my gift. let me j
. a lot of republican pundits thought this was a slam dunk for mitt romney. voters were saying it's the economy and jobs, unemployment was just below 8%. they thought mitt romney would win. what went wrong? >> well, first of all, i don't know why anybody would think it's going to be easy. in 116 years, one incumbent president who sought reelection after taking the white house away from the other party, which is what obama did, only once has that president lost. but in this case, it's a very, very close election. the country is very divided, and very closely divided. you get a democrat president, 30 republican governors out of the 50, so the country is very divided, this wasn't like some big blowout for the democrats. interestingly, too, matt, 11 1/2 million fewer people voted in this election. >> right. >> and that to me is something that we need to all think about, republicans and democrats. >> chuck says it's all about the demographics. so let's get to them. mitt romney did very well with white voters in particular white men, but he lost every other demographic group including h
where there were 77% of voters that were white, mitt romney would have won last night. like voters went down to 72%. we are living in a different world where you can win white voters. mitt romney won white tears by 20 points. >> let's say 5:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m., what was the first or second thing you saw or heard that told you this might not be such a good night? >> florida. how it has not been called yet. it was so tight and obama was a little bit ahead and he continued to be a half. >> there was no route to his 70 without florida. but florida was not a good sign. >> when we look at how swing voters and how good faith, when you look at the exit poll data, independents voted for romney. usually independents tipped the scale, but that did not happen. >> one of the things that was one on in the blogosphere was the role of independents. can either one of you address what made one pulled different from another in terms of how they ask the question and that sort of thing? >> certainly. here it is a self-described. when we do the polling, we are asking people how you identify. partisan identi
alienated voters and cost romney the election. it's complicated. here's what house speaker john boehner said today in an interview with diane sawyer. >> is the tea party going to be by your side through this? >> we've got members from all different types of -- all walks of life, if you will. >> do you think they come back changed by this election? >> listen, i think this has been the most misreported story of my two years tenure. we don't have a tea party caucus to speak of in the house. all of us who were elected in 2010 were supported by the tea party. these are ordinary americans who have taken a more active role in our government. they want solutions. but we've all come a long way over the last two years, i think we all understand each other a lot better. >> joining me now, former white house press secretary ari fleischer, unpaid occasional communications advisor to the romney campaign. also van jones, former special advisor to the obama white house. a ari, what about that? is the tea party to blame for fielding some candidates who weren't ready for prime time, for some of the problems
. >> mitt romney went on to say the president wooed hispanic voters with free health care and amnesty for children of illegal immigrants. as for voters in their 20s, romney said, "with regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college loan interest was a big gift. free contraceptives, he added, were very big with young college-aged women. obama care also made a difference for them because, as you know, anybody now 26 years of age and younger was now going to be part of their parents' plan, and that was a big gift to young people." republicans including louisiana governor bobby jendal and scott walker denounced romney's remarks and keeping in the campaign spirit, obama senior adviser david axelrod tweeted the following. "still looking at america through that 47% prism, mitt tells donors the takers did him in." >>> more news now. protests over austerity measures over europe continued late into the night. millions marched peacefully. as the day wore on, tensions boiled in over spain's capital madr madrid. protesters vandalized buildings and they clashed with officers. w
. the president n 93% o african-americans, a 71% of thannics, more women romney. 73% of asian-americans. 60% of voters 18 to 29. he won 52% of voters under 34. 4234. half the independent voters.s. overf those who me $100,000 a year. first we will ar from the president. thi i believe we e can le arere together because we politicssided as our suggest. we are not as cynical as the pundits believe. we are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions. >> we will get to the campaign d mittomney in a minute, but john listen to what boehner said after the election. your. president, this is ment. we are ready to be led. not as democra or republicans, but as americans. let's rise above the this function and do the right thing for our country. >> later john maynard told diane mostr he ishe personbable, responsible dianen boehner told mostr he is the personble, responsible presidentn and the knows that. and he knows that he and john can work together. -- john boehner can work tother. end of the year. will we ach a compromise before then, charles? a i do not thinink it will be comprehensive compromi
worse with voters than mitt romney did in those states. mitt romney who lost. the country said no to mitt romney this week, but they said oh, no, no, no, no to republican senate candidates. it was just a catastrophe from north dakota to florida and everywhere in between. who was to blame for that? that is not an esoteric matter. there is a named person in charge of making sure republicans win senate seats. there was somebody who was in charge of that. for every election. and that specific person in this election obviously failed catastrophically. that specific person is named john cornyn. today the republican party appears ready to respond to his atrocious failure at this job this week. by giving mr. cornyn a promotion. he's getting a reward for nearly shooting the moon in the senate. for doing as bad as humanly possible. at the last job the republican party gave him. the republican party moving forward, apparently would like him to be the number two republican in the whole senate right behind mitch mcconnell. and that is calling failing up. which is amazing on its own terms. i
of the electorate. there's a difference between the middle of the electorate and independent voters. clearly, romney did make that pivot there. what i found interesting, tamron, is that republicans and we look at every survey and said look, we're winning independent voters, and that's whether it was an ohio survey or national survey, as we found out according to the exit polls. they did win the independent voters but lost the presidential election. it's important to note that winning the independent vote doesn't mean you win a presidential election. >> that makes perfect sense. i'm going to throw a wildcard at you because of our close ties to texas. this immigration comment from senator lindsey graham, that he's ready to go all in on immigration reform, the president has made his pledge to the latino community in his first term and certainly now in his second term. might we see a speeding up of this conversation? >> it certainly looks that way. of course, getting legislation done, as we've seen over the last several years, is a lot easier said than done. with john mccain, lindsey graham, people sayi
are particularly critical. >>> let's get another sample. voters by age. age. 60%, romney 36%. why are they still with president obama? >> he is a casematic someone that appeals. most of them are young, they are in school, they don't pay taxes, they get student loans. >> listen, we have george wallace in 1968 won the youth vote. they go to the extremes. >> they are social liberals also. they have tolerant views about marriage and gay people and pot, everything. >> it is culture. >>> hook-up culture. >>> okay retirees age 65 and older. obama 44%, romney 55%. what about that? do you want to speak to that? >> as a retirement age person, no, you know, older folks are more, i'm afraid so. i have got my medicare card john. older voters, of course more conservative in regard to the social change. i think the whole idea of a guy named barack obama, with an african background in his family being president. >> get a little bit more race in 40%,40%, romney 58%. black americans, obama 93%, romney 6%. hispanic americans, obama 69%, romney 29%. asian americans, hold on on obama 74%, romney 25%. question. wher
. and the tea party isolated mitt romney from mainstream voters linking him top rabid ideology that he could not shake as he desperately tried to move to the middle in the closing weeks of the campaign. lesson: the loudest most rabid voices don't often command the votes needed to win in november. second in the melting pot that is america inclusive trumps exclusive. whether it's single women young adults or minorities alienating the most rapidly growing voting blocs is just not smart politics. latinos voted three to one for the president. to survive the g.o.p. needs to invite people in, not shut them out. third, pandering on everything doesn't work at the end of the day. at some level constancy of views matters when running for the presidency. you can't be a thing logical right winger on issues of contraception and women's health and then suddenly pretend to be moderate route sacrificing your credibilitying. en every issue that matter, the etch-a-sketch approach was a debilitating factor that was corrosive to the core function of the president strength and leadership. fourth we really did bui
complete contempt for the republican voter. mitt romney went to ohio and told a horrible, embarrassing lie. that tells me that they feel the republican voter is someone to be led by the nose, who can be manipulated, who can be fooled. is that what mitt romney did so poorly? host: thank you. guest: i do not think they were taking the republican voters for granted. i think they failed to reach beyond the republican base, the way i saw it. what mitt romney and paul ryan were doing was to shore up the republican base. the idea in the 21st century anybody would spend any time trying to determine -- and paul ryan is a part of that -- when is a rape ok, and when is rape not ok? someone said the next time they heard a republican questioning something about rape, i want to cut their tongue out. the conversation last night, he had to say that, because he could not eliminate his base. so i guess, the long answer, my point is that they spent too much time cobbling and shoring up their base and not enough time -- cobbling -- coddling and shoring up their base and not enough time elsewhere. they had the
it and they covered it pretty well. >> jon: the exit polls thought that voters mitt romney was better equipped to handle the economy than barack obama. >> then it says something about the attitude toward the two men and they made a choice or the two parties and they made a choice. if you just go by viewers, fox mrs. msnbc, romney should have won three to one. >> jon: exit polls, some suggest reflected sort of the media theme that barack obama is a kiachbd of the little guy and middle-class and mitt romney is a rich guy that only cares about rich guys? >> i think it's clear that obama is the person who is looking to have middle-class tax cuts and mitt romney was to give tax cuts to rich people. what i would say, the reason i don't think the media played as big of a role in this. the reason barack obama won is because he ran a superior campaign. it was very targeted in these battleground states. i would be more interested in seeing exit polls from the battleground states which unfortunately we didn't have. the national exit polls don't tell us that much because what happened in the battleground
and young voters, wonder what mitt romney has been doing since the election? david letterman has an idea. >> today mitt romney drew a picture of the house of representatives chamber and gave a state of the union address in front of it. >> and the fourth new entitlement, obama care, we'd repeal that one. >> we have a few more of those sugar plums in the "sideshow." >>> plet me finish with a book about when we had a hero for a president. this is "hardball," the place for politics. >>> time to bust another 2012 lest myth. the idea took hold that african-americans would not be as fired up to vote as they were four years ago. but here is what the nbc news political desk found in looking at the exit polls. in the states with significant black populations the black vote increased in five states, michigan, mississippi, missouri, ohio, and new jersey. it held firm in pennsylvania, virginia, north carolina, and florida. and it decreased in two states, new york and alabama. neither case was it even close. so much for flagging enthusiasm. we'll be right back. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] some day, you
white and mitt romney would have won last night but that is not how it was. so white voters made up 72% and so we are living in their different world where you can win white voters so that romney won white voters by 21 which was as high a margin as we have seen since the 1980s but when you are losing a chunk of the electorate, 25 to 28% and that 80/20 range is not sustainable so that is the big thing going on with that. >> what was the first and second thing that you saw or heard that told you that this might not be such a good night? >> florida. but it was so tight and obama was a little bit ahead and he continued to be ahead and when you look at the counties -- >> will the route to 70 without florida? >> florida was not a good sign. so you no end in terms of again, when we look at the swing voters as well as terms of how did they do, when you look at the exit poll data, and dependence max were from it running usually when we are having these discussions independents help determine the election but that didn't happen this time, again because of all these other margins that were going
for obama by a 9-1 margin. >> bill: first of all that is who mitt romney is. mitt romney has told us himself he only hangs out with people that own nascar teams, nfl teams and have dressage horses. but it's like forcing people to pay a poll tax, or forcing them to have voter id. that's suppressing the vote. telling the truth about mitt romney wasn't suppressing the vote. >> president obama has become the first president in history to win -- >> you keep saying that but he won, karl, he won. >> but you know what every candidate looks perfect on paper -- >> bill: yeah, guess what you don't look perfect on paper or television. karl rove why does anybody still believe him? now quickly, so president obama giving a speech today at the white house. he is going to put forth his plan for deficit reduction. that's the first thing. the questions that i have -- and i will be there today -- what else is the president going to push for? he is soon going to push for comprehensive well well -- immigration reform. and stop employers from blocking employees from forming a union. i
we have the final numbers in yet. it wasn't 3 million fewer voters for romney very mccain, it was 1.3 but a million came from california which wasn't going to have an impact on the race. and obama is down from 2008. does it matter? but it's interesting. >> i thought the fascinating thing about it, sean, was that when you take the states obama carried that were not swing states, his vote share dropped by 2 points, 4 points. on the once that were swing states that he carried it dropped by almost the same, 2 points, 1 point. but 90% of the money was spent in the swing states. and we all, politicians, have to go back to the drawing board because basically, fundamentally the campaigns didn't matter. what mattered were the debates, the storm, the convention, benghazi, the jobs report, the unemployment rate, not those tv ads we all ran. >> there were two things i would improve upon if the republicans want to listen to me. i'm a register conservative. number one, i think it was a mistake not to be more aggressive in the third debate in particular. i don't know who came up with that idea but
that mr. romney lost because of voter fraud, especially in philadelphia. look at this. >> there is now speculation that voter fraud took place in multiple cities after returns showed the president got 100% of the vote in certain districts. is that possible? >> yeah, it's possible. >> you think it's possible? >> it's not unprecedented. >> what do you think the odds are this is truthful? zero. >> it's not zero. >> i don't believe it. i think this is fraud. >> his own guests told him it happened before. he, oh, no, no, it's voter fraud. >> right. i think you have hannity there acting like speculation is proof of anything. one thing i think happened in terms of voter turnout from democrats, from a lot of voters, african-americans, latinos, that a lot of this conversation around voter i.d. laws actually energized the base. there was a sense that they were not going to be denied from casting ballots. this consistent talk about voter fraud ultimately, i think, backfires on republicans. a lot of conversations whether or not you have it on fox news, on corps conservative blogs. it hasn't done t
voters, ever wonder what mitt romney has done -- actually been doing since the election? well, david letterman has an idea. >> today mitt romney drew a picture of the house of representatives chamber and gave a state of the union address in front of it. >> and the fourth new entitlement, obama care, we repeal that one. >> message from pretend president romney. >> got a few more of those sugar plums in the side shows. let me finish way book about when we hay hero for a president. this is "hardball," the place for politics. ave to eat it as pt of your heart healthy diet. step 1. eat the soup. all those veggies and beans, that's what may help lower your cholesterol and -- well that's easy [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. hi, i just switched jobs, and i want to roll over my old 401(k) into a fidelity ira. man: okay, no problem. it's easy to get started; i can help you with the paperwork. um...this green line just appeared on my floor. yeah, that's fidelity helping you reach your financial goals. could you hold on a second? it's your money. roll over your old 401(k
bobby jindal criticized romney saying we have to stop dividing the american voters, we need to go after 100% of the vote, not 53%. >>> as expected xi jing ping is the new president of china. >>> next to colorado where a hearing today for james holmes, the man accused of killing 12 people and wounding dozens more in the movie theater shooting, has been delayed because he was hospitalized. holmes reportedly ran into a jail cell wall and jumped off his bed but there were no details about his condition. >>> fiscal cliff fierce hit wall street wednesday. selling picked up during president obama's media briefing about those upcoming tax cut negotiations. today we'll see what impact the fed has. chief ben bernanke speaks this afternoon. >>> also on deck, before the bell earnings from walmart and target, retail sales dropped in october after three months' gain. >>> later today, bp is expected to announce it will pay the largest penalty in history to settle criminal and other claims from the 2010 gulf oil disaster. >>> new york's state attorney general has subpoenaed documents related to sandy-r
news this morning. former republican presidential nominee mitt romney was on a conference call with some of his top campaign donors when he said that president obama defeated him by giving things to blacks, hispanics, and young voters. >> the president's campaign did was focus on certain members of his base coalition, give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government, and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote. louisiana's republican governor bobby jindal criticized romney saying we have to stop dividing the american voters, we need to go after 100% of the vote, not 53%. >>> as expected xi jing ping is the new president of china. >>> next to colorado where a hearing today for james holmes, the man accused of killing 12 people and wounding dozens more in the movie theater shooting, has been delayed because he was hospitalized. holmes reportedly ran into a jail cell wall and jumped off his bed but there were no details about his condition. >>> fiscal cliff fierce hit wall street wednesday. selling picked up during president obama's media briefing about tho
it was mitt romney or barack obama that the country recognized that the voters had spoken and that they had given a mandate to whoever was going to get elected, whether it was obama or romney. it happened to be obama. he's the first person since ronald reagan to get a majority of the popular vote twice. nobody's done that since ronald reagan. i don't see how you can say he doesn't have a mandate after he won 313 electoral college votes, florida still outstanding. republicans don't realize that the past four years of tearing this president could be and obstruct -- down and obstructing an agenda, they don't realize that the american people have sent a message to them that this' not something that's acceptable, they're going to continue to lose elections. megyn: let me ask you if that's right, michael. it's only been two years of republican obstructionism because the democrats and barack obama controlled all three, you know, the house, the senate and the white house for the first term. >> megyn, please, don't confuse us with facts at this point. come on, after this campaign? here's what we've
-americans, young voters, and hispanics. mr. romney said the president followed the old play book and with regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college loan interest was a big gift, adding free contraceptives were very big with young college-aged women. as for the hispanic voters, romney said free health care was a big plus. another former opponent of the president, john mccain along with lindsey graham made it clear they would not support susan rice to become the new secretary of state. >> we will do whatever is necessary to block the nomination. >> their chief gripe, they believe she disqualified herself several days after the benghazi attack with her explanation of what happened. >> our current assessment is what happened in benghazi was, in fact, initially a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired hours before in cairo, almost a copycat of the demonstrations of our facility in cairo. >> i don't trust her. and the reason i don't trust her is because i think she knew better and if she didn't know better, she shouldn't be the voice of america. >> a visibly angry pr
in connecting with female voters in that gender gap. >> romney did significantly improve among white women. not only did not college white women, but also the college white women. this is the first time the democrats have lost them since 1988. >> there is also of the marriage gap. if you are a married woman, you vote different in different ways. that is another thing the republican party is facing. there is new to an era where you bought your identity rather than your interest. >> i went to a romney event. most of them were married white couples with kids. when you go to an obama event, it is the whites, blacks, couples, kids. the challenge of governing a that the country, these two groups that are different in their priorities and cultural values, they're almost equal in their size. the republicans have been able to insulate themselves within the one america. >> conventions of the same feeling as well. >> i do not think he will see a democratic leadership of the house ever again that does not include at least one woman and one african-american and latino. where as republicans, they need a
achievements with hispanic voters and african-american voters. if you look at how mitt romney did and compare it with how george w. bush did with these voters in 2004, much of this three million vote deficit could have made up there alone. it doesn't take us very long as a party to get to the point where we realize we have to look at what happened in 2000 and 2004 and replicate it. >> if there's a battle for the heart and soul of the gop, who do you hope wins that battle in. >> well, i do disagree with that. i think that what our party stands for in these conservative principles, smaller tacxes and traditional values, i don't think we -- >> really, you think the message is fine? >> no, that's a different statement. i don't think our brand is fine. i think how we explain what we believe lacks. here's what i look at. does a candidate care about people like me? i think my conservative values help people more than liberal values do. but clearly in this election we didn't win on that question. and if we can't convince folks that are new americans or who are just starting on the economic ladder tha
by an establishment candidate like mitt romney. the white establishment is now the minority. the voters, many of them, feel the economic system is stacked against them and they want stuff. you'll see a tremendous hispanic vote for president obama. overwhelming black vote for president obama and women will probably go president obama's way. people feel that they are entitled to things. and which candidate between the two is going to give them things? >> bill o'reilly on fox, on election night. they want stuff. very much reminiscent of mitt romney's 47%, it. >> as if all of those corporate leaders and folks who bankroll the romney campaign did not want stuff. repatriate all of the [indiscernible] that they cannot bring back to the united states without paying federal income taxes, which is the great secret of the wealthy america. but that is a thing they want the most, all the money they have in offshore accounts that they cannot bring back to the u.s. because they would have to pay taxes and they're hoping for an amnesty from the new administration to be able to repatriate those billions and trillions
. obama or romney. still thinking. obama or romney. still not sure. every election these undecided voters wait until the very last -- wait a second were these the same. oh, my, god. the same people from before? really? again. after all these years. >> because we're thinkers. we're thinkers. >> okay. you are going to decide tonight. nobody's getting out of here if they don't make a decision. nobody. >> can i go to the bathroom first. >> jaw meal, are you did you de. clearly i wasn't getting through to them. clearly i'm no expert so i sat down with sh shina. >>y been studying choice and the waive we make choices in our life. >> how do you decide who you're going to be rooting for in this election? >> i did feel that this is not an easy choice. >> oh no, no, no, no. >> jon: the choice lady. the choice lady couldn't choose. >> that's right. >> jon: what did you do. >> you know me, jon i'm kind of known around the office as a problem solver full of ingenuity and whatnot, so i took care of business. give me one good reason why i shouldn't take my shoe off my foot and beat every single one of
or romney. still not sure. every election these undecided voters wait until the very last -- wait a second were these the same. oh, my, god. the same people from before? really? again. after all these years. >> because we're thinkers. we're thinkers. >> okay. you are going to decide tonight. nobody's getting out of here if they don't make a decision. nobody. >> can i go to the bathroom first. >> jaw meal, are you did you de. clearly i wasn't getting through to them. clearly i'm no expert so i sat down with sh shina. >>y been studying choice and the waive we make choices in our life. >> how do you decide who you're going to be rooting for in this election? >> i did feel that this is not an easy choice. >> oh no, no, no, no. >> jon: the choice lady. the choice lady couldn't choose. >> that's right. >> jon: what did you do. >> you know me, jon i'm kind of known around the office as a problem solver full of ingenuity and whatnot, so i took care of business. give me one good reason why i shouldn't take my shoe off my foot and beat every single one of you to death with my high heel. >> electio
, but that was more than offset by zero white voter turnout at its lowest level since 1992. additionally, romney attracted only the support of 59 percent of those white voters. young voters were a huge reason for the president's victory in 2008, and they turned out for him again yesterday. president obama taking 60 percent of the under 30 votes to govern romney's 37%. governor romney nearly one the independent vote, which he is expected to win at least according to some polls by double digits. instead, the margin was 49%-45. the governor needed to do much better than a virtual split amongst those who don't identify with either party. in the end, turn out tells the rest of the story. 38 percent of registered democrats cast a vote. only 32 percent of republicans turned out yesterday. numbers nearly identical to that 2008 election when democratic voters outnumber republicans by 7%. president obama, as he did after his first election, pledged to work with both political parties and made an appeal to those who voted against him. >> and whether i earned your vote and not, i have listened to you. i hav
the president's organization and support. >> reporter: romney's defeat has already started the gop talk about better courting the minority polls. romney got clobbered 82% obama on latinos. the president carried women 54- 44 and among younger voters obama won 60% to 37. campaign spending was about evening, but romney's social media and internet campaign paled by comparison to the president's. the high point of romney's bid was his first debate performance. >> you've been president four years, said you'd cut the deficit in half. >> reporter: exit polls say romney won on jobs and the economy. some say he waited too long to court moderate swing voters with bipartisan rhetoric which some insiders pushed for sooner. >> at a time like this we can't risk partisan bickering and political posturing. our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the people's work. >> reporter: for romney that was a high note on which to end it and so which he did. aides say if the president's offer is serious, at the appropriate time romney is willing to talk but for now he's spending time with family. carl cameron
today whether president obama or mitt romney won in florida. election voters there are still counting ballots. it appears the president will win the sunshine state. he leads romney by 55,000 votes, and most of the outstanding ballots are from democratic leaning counties. the win would give president obama 323 electoral votes to romney's 206. >>> another george bush is preparing to run for office in texas. george p. bush completed paperwork to run for office in the lone star state. he is the nephew of former president george w. bush and the son of former florida governor jeb bush. it's not clear what office he'll seek. >>> closer to home, terry mcauliffe says he wants another shot at becoming virginia's governor. the former dnc chairman is running again next year. he ran in 2009 but lost the party's nomination to state senator craig daets. lieutenant governor bill bolling and attorney general ken cuccinelli are also seeking the nomination. >>> military jets were called in to escort a plane to dulles international after a pilot declared an emergency moments before landing. united flight
, suggesting president obama bought key voter support. here's abc's david muir. >> reporter: mitt romney leaving the hotel after the election, next to the convention center, where he hoped to deliver the one speech he had written, his victory speech. but now, in the weeks since the election, abc news has learned mitt romney has been explaining his loss to his closest advisers and top donors. and it started at a breakfast the very next morning. perhaps his most eye-opening explanations yet, during a conference call with a large number of donors. romney argued president obama won in part because of gifts the obama administration has given to particular groups of this country. >> what the president's campaign did was focus on certain members of his base coalition. give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government. and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote. >> reporter: among those groups the gifts went to, romney discusses the african-american community, young people and the hispanic community. here, offering one of the gifts to them. >> what the president did is he
on the romney trail talking to partis partisan republican voters and it's going to take a long time for this, you know, recognition that the republican party needs to compromise, to filter down to these partisan republican voters. >> if it even does. >> right. >> there's no appetite for compromise on the ground in ohio, for example, among partisan republicans. >> we're talking about a fiscal cliff, that is the metaphor we decided applied here. bob rice tweeted today, i think he's right, it's a hill. >> it's a curve. >> a slope. >> yeah. the thing about, you know, yes, taxes would go up immediately, yes spending would go down immediately, but that's day by day over years. what is a cliff course is the debt ceiling debate which is going to come up again and what's -- what makes this, among other things, such a fantastic chess game for the president and congress, is that if they allow the fiscal cliff to happen, the taxes to go up and the spending to go down, suddenly treasury is full of money to postpone the debt ceiling problem. so, he's got all kinds of crafty weapons. >> however, there is a
what romney called gifts to minorities and young voters. romney said the president's campaign focused on things like free contraception to get young women to vote for him, and amnesty for children of illegal immigrant to get latinos to the polls. >>> hostess says it could be farewell to twinkies. why the company says striking workers need to return to work today. >> also now that marijuana is legal in two state, what's going to happen to people who drive after smoking it? for the products they make; for them being in the right place at the right time for over 100 years making tillamook cheese from tillamook, oregon; for these farmers never wavering we stand for that. >>> hostess says all of the 17,000 workers might be out of a job strikes workers do not come back. they will file for liquidation if employees are not back to work by 2 this afternoon. they filed for bankruptcy last january, and if the court approves the liquidate request, all plants could be shut down by tuesday. hostess has 17,000 workers across the county. >>> colorado and washington state just legalized pot, but now t
obama tonight. how he won, why and why mitt romney lost. and the message the voters across america sent last night. we'll have a look at the trends and the results. >>> also, tonight, the east coast is taking another hit of extreme weather, and it will only get worse. it means more rough weather of people hit by hurricane sandy. the storm and election night news begins now. >>> good evening, while the nation tries to recover from a deep recession, and in a presidential race we were after all, all told was as close and as tight as they get. president obama, the 44th president of the united states was reelected last night. he was somehow able to stitch together a convincing victory, s win i winning just about all the battleground states that were so heavily fought over in the most expensive race in u.s. history. it was early this morning when the president appeared with his family, becoming the third consecutive two-term president we elected. not happening since the presidents jefferson, madison and monroe. president obama won both a decisive victory in both the electoral college. and her
and in the debates, the voters feel that they're seeing the real person. and romney, the way he appeared, was not the way he had been defined and suddenly the race changed again. we had the strange upand down race that -- up and down race that ended in close to a tie. 50-49 this morning? i that make sense. wouldn't be shocking. and yet, if you were a republican voter, and don't know why i think there might be a republican voter in this room -- [laughter] -- right what does that say? >> right there. >> he's not a republican. former party hack. [laughter] so if you're a republican voter, sympathizer, you have a little -- you don't have a pleasant taste in your mouth after the election. i mean, we certainly had a mixed result here, split decision. republicans continue to hold the house. democrats continue to hold the senate. adding a couple seats. the president won just very narrowly 50/48, 50/49. mitt romney made significant in-roads among many groups, not all groups but many groups. younger voters. white men, white women. number of constituencies improving his showing. yet if qure a repub
ads and they went with the positive one and here is what romney will do on day one. and i also think those attacks had a kind of voter suppression impact on some of the lower middle class voters, and explains maybe in part ohio why romney didn't get the same number of votes, 2 million votes, 2 1/2 million votes lower than john mccain. >> i think what stands out about obama's victory to me is how ugly it was, this was identity politics on steroids telling black people republicans wanted to take away their right to vote and telling women there's war on them that seniors, that paul ryan wants to push granny off the cliff in a wheelchair. this is not the hope and change obama, this was not, there's no red state and blue state obama. he won ugly, it's divisive and if this is the template for how democrats want to win elections going forward to this-- >> and i can tell you what the reaction in the white house would be if they heard you say that, they would say get over it, grow up, this is politics, republicans got a, you know, put on their boxing gloves and get over it. >> oh, yeah. >> pa
was reelected, i have some maps of want to show you. first, voters. red represents romney, blue represents the president. as you might expect, it is a big concentration of population. if you look along the coast here, the northeast, up in detroit your, the west coast, california, uc president's support. the red, of course, is romney support. take a look at the map of the unemployed. there are some similarities. lots of unemployed in mature areas and centers. california, concentrations of unemployed and also here on the east coast and down into florida. here is what is interesting. republicans made the assumption incorrectly, as it turns out, the voters in states with high unemployment would kick the bums out. obama out of office to try to find somebody who would solve the jobs problem in this country it turns out the opposite happened. take a look at this map. can we go back? thank you. so, if you let one map over the other, they are the same essentially command it is surprising because essentially the republicans that the people would come as i said to of both the bonds out and it did not
no , -- judicial nominations. >> i think obama neutralized romney on the economy this year. if it goes on longer, it's hard to know. in the exit polls, 53% of the voters blame george bush for current economic problems, and 38% barack obama. you see how he neutralized that. >> a comment on that. if you look at the most recent analysis of those just off the charts sue pert in straightforward analysis, you know, looking at this downturn, in the context of other downturns triggered by financial crisis and debt problems which is different from a typical recession, weaver come -- we've come out of that better than most others, and better than other countries who experienced it in a global way, and if you look at the forecast made by moody analytics and others, basically, it was regardless of who is the president, we'll see 12 million jobs created over the next four years. now, they may be right, and they may be wrong, and their prognostications on economic issues are nowhere belter than ours have been on political issues, and lots of things can emerge, including war, a -- other kinds of economic issue
a clear vision and mitt romney laid out a clear vision, too, and at the convention paul ryan's speech was one of the most ideological acceptance speeches in recent memory. and so it was really up to the voters to decide and they did. >> i will submit there was not much clear about the agenda the president laid out but we can have that discussion as we go forward. >> thank you. i'll tell you there was a clear agenda from glenn beck and rush limbaugh and it wasn't felicitous toward a lot of americans. thank you, michael steele, as always. and david corn. >>> coming up, why general petraeus resigned if he did as it seems the honorable thing by resigning, what's all the continuing buzz about? we have to find out what's going on in the bok ground. >>> also, more than $1 billion was spent on ad this is political season, tv ads. we're going to talk about the one ad, the one ad, that did more to sink mitt romney than all the others and how it got done. this is fascinating. it's a fascinating ad because it really worked. >>> closing down the clown show. at least part of it. if the democrats ha
-validator of mitt romney. he looks like the voter that barack obama needed to change sides, that former reagan democrat, that white working class guy looking dead into the camera and saying, this guy destroyed us. he took away our livelihood and he made us build the stage that we had to stand on to announce the end of our jobs. it was absolutely the most devastating ad, but what was also remarkable was the romney people had no response. look, they had a six-month lead time on this line of attack because remember something called winning our future pac? they ran a 27 minute ad of this same message. romney, because he survived in florida after that, he seemed to think i can get over this because he didn't respond. >> i talked to -- >> jane mayer, you write in your piece that sarah palin of all people thought that the bain ad had a negative impact on mitt romney's candidacy. she thinks it worked. here she is on fox on election night. >> the realization at this point is that those bain capital ads that voters just got inundated with early on in ohio and some of the other areas as it pertained to t
in ohio voted for romney. the marriage gap was a whopping 41 points with married voters decidedly republican in this election and the growing group of non-married overwhelmingly democratic. all of the data are on the new aei political report prepared by andrew and we also want to thank claude for getting this report and all of the latest tuitele data from 22 key demographic groups available for you today. the demographic changes are being felt in congress, too pure david wasserman of the cook political report wrote that for the first time ever, white men will no longer be a majority of the democratic caucus. in 1953, he says there were 98% of house democrats and 97% of house republicans. along with the demographic data the exit polls show that obama was able to diffuse the economic issue, and he won overwhelmingly on empathy. we are going to begin today with michael barone, who will tell us what happened and why. all of us on this panel have made election predictions over the course of election watching. sometimes we get it right, sometimes we get it wrong. in his washington exami
. that is the subject of this evening's talking points memo since romney and electoral landslide tuesday night. i feel like i have become the chief psychologist for conservatives. voters who were young conservative thinkers, thinkers young conservatives in the 1980s are now wondering whether all is lost ann coulter was on my radio show yesterday. >> if mitt romney cannot win in this economy, then the tipping point has been reached. we have more takers than makers and it's over. the country that no longer is interested in conservative ideas. it is interested in handouts. >> >> laura: this frustration and dejection is understandable. i, like many conservatives, thought mitt romney would pull out a victory, i, like many republicans, am extremely disappointed. the autopsy of what went wrong is ongoing. there will be conflicting opinions on the cause of death for the romney campaign and all those senate races. i happen to think that mitt romney ran an overly cautious and defensive campaign which allowed the other side to define him. perhaps with the exception being that first debate. some establishment rep
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